National Assembly adopts motion supporting Ukrainian people


The unanimous motion calls for “the right of the Ukrainian people to live in a peaceful, prosperous and sovereign country.”

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QUEBEC — Quebec’s National Assembly expressed unanimous sympathy for the Ukrainian people on Wednesday as the country faces an invasion from Russia.

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The legislature unanimously adopted a motion of support and solidarity from Québec solidaire MNA Andrés Fontecilla.

The motion said it affirmed “its solidarity with the Ukrainian people, as well as the very numerous diaspora in Quebec, and particularly Montreal.”

It called for supporting “the right of the Ukrainian people to live in a peaceful, prosperous and sovereign country” and expresses a “wish for a peaceful resolution based on negotiation.”

Before voting on the motion, a member of each party had a chance to express their views.

Liberal Paule Robitaille, a former journalist, said she witnessed Ukraine’s 1991 move to independence — and “it was the liberation of an immense weight.”

Today, “the capital, Kyiv, has vibrant energy, is connected to the world,” she said. “Now, I see everything going on and I ask myself, for how long?”

International relations minister Nadine Girault, who voted for the motion, did not say Wednesday whether Quebec would provide any material or financial support to Ukraine.


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